A week doesn’t go by that I don’t hear from someone who is struggling to find something that has seemingly vanished from Lightroom. In the interest of helping you avoid this sensation of panic and frustration, I have compiled my list of the top ten things that seem to go missing (or appear out of nowhere) of their own accord, and, more importantly, how to put things back to normal. 10. Individual Panels It is possible to hide many of the individual panels completely from view. I don’t mean collapsing the panels, but outright removal from the … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Where did that thing go?
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Bridger Peaks Photography "Glade Creek Grist Mill 2" Currently it is the start of mud season here in New Hampshire. No leaves on the trees, the last bit of snow melting, and the ground thawing combine for a lot of dreary brown until the first greens of spring appear. This got me pining for the brilliant colors of autumn, and this photo by Bridger Peaks Photography was just the photo I needed to see. The iconic grist mill is set amongst a sea of golds, greens, and reds, with all of it reflected in the … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Bridger Peaks Photography
Lightroom’s interface isn't as customizable as Photoshop's, but it can be changed in a number of ways to maximize the space devoted to your photos, to make your workflow more efficient, and to hide the parts you just don’t use very often. Panel Groups There are four main panels that appear in all Lightroom modules. They can be manipulated as needed to allow you to control the size of the center workspace where your photos appear, as well as to only reveal the set of tools required for the task at hand. These four panels are called the Left … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How Can I Customize the Interface?
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Ken Lee "The Mystical Stone" Photographer of the day, Ken Lee, proves that there's still amazing landscapes to shoot long after the sun has gone down. A long exposure, a full moon, and a flashlight can come together to make a truly stunning image. The movement of the clouds contrasted against the stillness of the foreground really makes this photograph stand out. Thanks for sharing with our group! Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To learn how your work can be featured on … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Ken Lee
Smart collections allow you to harness the power of the database inside of Lightroom by leveraging the information contained in your photo’s metadata. Plus, any additional data you may have added (like keywords, titles, captions, etc.), to automate the process of finding, grouping, and organizing your photos in meaningful ways. You can think of smart collections simply as saved searches that run automatically. Smart collections are just one of three types of collections you can find in the Collections panel. If you click the plus arrow sign … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: What are Smart Collections?
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Juan Antonio F. Segal "Azure window. Gozo, Malta" Our photographer of the day, Juan Antonio F. Segal, reminds us to shoot that photo now, and don't wait to come back at another time. In case you haven't heard, the natural landmark featured here, known as the Azure Window in Malta, collapsed into the sea on March 9, 2017. This photo may not be the most dramatic in color or mood, but it is well composed, with curving lines that lead your eye through the photo and the tiny swimmers serving to provide both … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Juan Antonio F. Segal
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Tassanee "Celestial" I think the key to a great Milky Way shot is having a strong foreground to provide a sense of scale and wonder. I think Tassanee picked an ideal location, and the Milky Way is a perfect backdrop for this scene. The curving road is a wonderful leading line and the colors are superb. Tassanee's Flickr portfolio is full of many more amazing examples of stellar night photography. Thanks for sharing with our group! Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To learn … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Tassanee
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Martin Bishop "Fishing Boat Anchored in Cullercoats Bay" There is beauty in simplicity, and our Photographer of the Day, Martin Bishop, has done a great job of creating a simply beautiful photograph. The silhouette of the fishing boat back-lit by the sun has a wonderful graphic quality to it, and is a pleasure to view. Thanks for sharing with our group! Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To learn how your work can be featured on the Photofocus, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Martin Bishop
Category: Wildlife Photographer: John Atkins "Goldfinch 26/02/17 ( 2 )" Creating photos of small birds can be a challenge, and to create such a stunning capture as this is no small thing. John Atkins, our Photographer of the Day, did a wonderful job of filling the frame, nailing focus, and creating a very pleasing composition with the inclusion of the branch cutting vertically across the frame. The alert bird looking out of the photo is brought to life by the catchlight in its eye. All around well done. Thanks for sharing with our … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: John Atkins
Category: Nature Photographer: Andrew Slater "Abandoned Solitude" I'm always a sucker for a good sunrise/sunset, but I think Andrew Slater captured a real winner here. The leading lines of the abandoned structure jutting into the mist-like water is a perfect foreground element, while the contrasts of the smooth water and the textured structure add further visual interest, with it topped off by the contrasting colors of the warm sky and cool water. Thanks for sharing with our group! Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Andrew Slater
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Arenkert "Trees in golden light" They say a photograph is all about the light, and Arenkert, Photographer of the Day, created an image that is all about that golden light. The white of the snow contrasts wonderfully with the dark trees, which recede into distance creating depth. The warmth of the light wrapping the trees takes the image to the next level. Thanks for sharing with our group! Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To learn how your work can be featured on the … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Arenkert
My colleague Victoria Bampton reminded me that February 19th marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Lightroom 1.0. She has a wonderful post that takes a walk down the Lightroom memory lane highlighting some of the significant changes over the years. This got me thinking of what it was like working with Lightroom 1 back in 2007 ... so I downloaded and installed Lightroom 1.4.1, grabbed a photo taken in 2007 and gave it a run through Lightroom 1. I decided to grab a less than perfect photo (of which I have many to choose from), one where the … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Lightroom! Let’s Look Back on Lightroom Version 1
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Mark Zukowski "Mustard at Dawn, Sonoma Valley" Photographer of the Day, Mark Zukowski, has proven that it pays to get up early for the shot. We all know this to be true, but it doesn't make it any easier to rise from our warm beds some days, but I'm really glad Mark did. The rolling hills, the leading lines formed by the endless rows, the contrast of the blooming mustard flowers against the sleeping grape vines, and the gorgeous the pre-dawn light illuminating this scene come together to make a truly … [Read more...] about Photographer of the day: Mark Zukowski
Category: Nature Photographer: Jong Soo Lee "Wave melody" Photographer of the Day, Jong Soo Lee, created a beautiful photograph that has a perfect foreground with visual interest that extends deep into the image wrapped in gorgeous light. A feast for the eyes! Thanks for sharing with our group. Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To learn how your work can be featured on the Photofocus, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Jong Soo Lee
Category: Outdoor Photographer: Martijn van der Nat "Windmill Sunrise" Photographer of the Day, Martijn van der Nat, has captured what I think of as the quintessential Dutch landscape photo. The amazing sky, reflected in the water along with the iconic windmill and wooden bridge. I just love it, and would have enjoyed sipping a hot coffee while watching that scene unfold. No better way to start a day. Thank you to Martijn for sharing with our group! Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To learn how your work … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Martijn van der Nat
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Jason Hahn "Cowboy Campfire" Photographer of the Day, Jason Hahn, has done a fantastic job of capturing the essence of a cowboy campfire. From the glow of the fire, to the glow in the sky, it conveys the time of day and sets the mood. The one man tending the food being cooked, while one other cowboy looks on and the another gazes into the distance completes the story being told. I just love how all the elements in this image come together to create a such an iconic photograph. Originally shared on the … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Jason Hahn
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Gareth Thompson "Durdle Door" Photographer of the Day, Gareth Thompson, has created a stunning photograph of this famous natural arch on the coast of England. Rich saturated colors of sunset are reflected in the water and the grasses lend a feeling of warmth to the photo. The curving steps lead the eye down to the arch, and then along the sweeping curve of the coast. Definitely a place I'd like to add to my bucket list. Well done Gareth. Originally shared on the Photofocus Group on Flickr here. To … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Gareth Thompson
Category: Outdoors Photographer: Amy Brooks "Weekend wave action in SW Washington" Photographer of the Day, Amy Brooks, did a wonderful job of capturing the feeling of a stormy day on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Freezing the motion of the crashing wave shows the power of the sea as well as creates a wonderful parallel to the rocky cliffs in the background. The lighthouse atop the cliff adds a nice human element as well as a sense of scale. The muted colors match the overall feeling of the image. Well done. Originally shared … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Amy Brooks
EDITOR'S NOTE: We'd like to welcome a new POTD curator for nature - Rob Sylvan. Category: Nature Photographer: Don Komarechka "Snowflake-a-Day #28" Photographer of the Day, Don Komarechka, has developed an incredible talent and workflow for capturing those amazing bits of natural wonder called snowflakes. For me, living in New Hampshire, and looking out my window on a snowy January day may have been an initial influence in my pick of this photo, but I have a lot of respect for all of the work that goes into capturing something so … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Don Komarechka
Lightroom has three different print layout styles and each is designed for a different type of use case. However it isn’t always clear to all users which layout style will best suit their needs for a given project. In the top right corner of the Print module you will find the Layout Style panel, and inside of it you can choose between Single Image/Contact Sheet, Picture Package, and Custom Package. As you select each Layout Style you will see the options in the panels on the right side, as well as the center content window, change to reflect … [Read more...] about Mastering the Print Layout Styles
More and more I hear from people who want to be able to use a single Lightroom catalog of the same photos on more than one computer (not surprising in 2016). While there isn’t a perfect solution (that I am aware of), there are some techniques worth investigating. Now, before I go further I have a caveat, which is that this is not a solution everyone needs, and Lightroom is still designed to work best for a single user with a single catalog on a single computer. That said, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, then let’s go … The most … [Read more...] about Using a Drobo 5N to Allow Access to a Lightroom Catalog on Multiple Computers
One of the main reasons we use Lightroom is that it makes our entire digital workflow so much more efficient than using a combination of other tools. A key to getting the most out of Lightroom is to gain mastery over all of the various types of templates that you can employ at different points in your workflow. A template (or preset) is essentially a glorified text file that allows you to save some set of information that you can call into use over and over again, which is much faster than re-creating or entering that information each time you … [Read more...] about Leveraging Lightroom Templates
Cropping is one of those fundamental tasks that everyone should know and is fairly intuitive, but I still get questions about it. I want to give you the essential skills to make your crop workflow as efficient and effective as possible. One of the most frequent questions I see in this regard is how to quickly set a new aspect ratio to a large group of photos. My preferred method is to make use of the underutilized Quick Develop panel in the Library module like this: STEP ONE: Select the folder or collection containing the photos you want to … [Read more...] about Be a Lightroom Crop Master
The Library module is really the hub of your Lightroom experience as file management tasks, such as making selects, deleting rejects, batch processing, applying keywords, organizing into collections, renaming, applying metadata, and so on, take up a lot of our workflow. The Library module has four (not counting People, which is for another day) different views—Grid, Loupe, Compare and Survey—and each one is designed to make some aspect of that workflow a little easier. You can move very fluidly between each one using shortcuts (preferred), … [Read more...] about Lightroom’s Grid, Loupe, Compare, and Survey View: Which One to Use?
As you develop your Lightroom workflow there are few things that will make you more efficient than incorporating more keyboard shortcuts. I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips for speeding up the process of separating the wheat from the chaff. Clear the Screen The first part of the tip is about maximizing your screen real estate to focus on just your photos and not the Lightroom interface, so to really clear the decks press the Shift+Tab key to collapse both side panels as well as the Module picker and Filmstrip (you can press Shift+Tab … [Read more...] about Lightroom Shortcuts for Faster Culling
You gotta join us live for our next, totally free, Google+ Lightroom Hangout! Not only will you learn terrific tips and techniques, but if you tune in live you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We'll be giving away a copy of Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Friday 10/30, 12:00pm Eastern, 11:00am Central, 10:00am Mountain, and 9:00am Pacific. 1:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. This Month: Demystifying … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Demystifying Import
Back in 2009 I purchased a (second generation) 4 bay Drobo to use as a local backup solution in my office. At the time I put four 1 TB drives in the unit, turned it on, and it has worked reliably ever since. During that five year span one of the original hard drives in the unit did fail (all hard drives will die), but replacing that one bad drive was as easy as ejecting the old drive and popping in a brand new one. After the Drive Swap... No data was lost. No downtime. It has pretty much been a set-it-and-forget-it type of system. I have this … [Read more...] about Upgrading from a Second Generation Drobo to Gen 3
Keywording is one of those tasks that many photographers dread, put off, forget about, and then at some point in the future wish they had done more thoroughly from the start. I am guilty of this myself. Applying keywords (or tags) to your photos allows you to leverage the power of Lightrooms database (catalog) to help you find, filter, and organize your photos in a variety of ways (and it only gets more powerful over time). The only downside is that it is a manual process that we just have to make ourselves follow through on a regular basis. In … [Read more...] about Mastering Keywords in Lightroom: Part 1
Adobe has just announced that the Release Candidate version of Camera Raw 8.7 and the standalone DNG Converter 8.7 are now available via Adobe Labs. Note, you won't see this as an automatic update, and unless you need the new camera support listed below it is fine to wait until the final release version comes out. New Camera Support That said, this is great news for any Photoshop user who has just purchased a Nikon D750 (like me), but also for any new owners of the following cameras: Casio EX-100PRO Fujifilm X30 Leaf Credo 50 Leica V-Lux … [Read more...] about Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate Available
This is an excerpt from our eBook, "Develop Great Images in Lightroom". Download it over at iTunes and Scribd! In the Mastering Exposure and Tone chapter we looked at ways to make global tonal adjustments to your photo using the Basic and Tone Curve panels. We also discussed how you can affect colors using the Vibrance and Saturation sliders in the Basic panel. Next up is the HSL / Color / B&W panel, which is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool for fine-tuning the colors in your photo. The HSL, Color, and B&W panel is actually … [Read more...] about The Flexible HSL and Color Adjustments